do it, why can't we do it? >> reporter: the other problem in florida is the ballot was complicated by 11 state constitutional amendments. they were long-winded and confusing. one political analyst says the takeaway from this election is that florida, a sun belt state that had been seesawing toward the republicans, is now seesawing back. in this case to the democrats. lester? >> kerry sanders in miami, thank you. now to the painfully slow recovery in the northeast for a lot of families left struggling after the superstorm. tonight tensions are boiling over as hundreds of thousands remain without power, in the dark and the cold nearly two weeks after the storm came ashore. meantime some families got a chance to return home for the first time today. their first look at what was left. nbc's michelle franzen is in toms river, new jersey, tonight with more. michelle, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. this is still the scene for many people.